August 03, 2011My goodness, I have been utterly exhausted every night since I left Dallas. Between walking hours each day and taking very, very few breaks during the day and filling each day to the fullest with memories...I’m smack dab wiped out!...
Posted by weblion at 06:35 PM
August 02, 2011Well, today was quite the spontaneous adventure. Less than 24 hours from the time I had the idea to go to Paris, we were actually IN Paris! We were up at 4:15 and on our first train from Cambridge to...
Posted by weblion at 06:36 PM
August 01, 2011Oh my, was this morning only this morning? It has been another long, full day. First up, we went to a plenary session by Randy Alcorn. I’m a huge fan of his books. He spoke from his book about “Heaven.”...
Posted by weblion at 06:37 PM
July 31, 2011Brilliantly acted. Masterfully adapted. And, C.S. Lewis was obviously other-worldly to conceive and write such mystery. It is deeper than deep....
Posted by weblion at 06:33 PM
July 30, 2011This morning we took an early bus to Cambridge. It was a two-hour drive and the countryside of England is like a painting. We arrived and settled in to our rooms. We immediately left to walk into town to explore....
Posted by weblion at 06:39 PM
July 29, 2011This trip is going by really fast and really slowly at the same time. The days are so very full but I can’t believe we still have five whole days remaining. I am trying to stay present and soak up...
Posted by weblion at 06:24 PM
July 28, 2011Today was another rich, full, wonderful day. An orthodox bishop by the name of, Kallistos Ware, led the morning meditation/talk. It was so unique. He looked very stereotypical. White hair, long white beard, long black road, deeply melodic voice. It...
Posted by weblion at 06:26 PM
July 26, 2011Today and yesterday were both chock full. Yesterday, Jennifer and I walked around Oxford for 6 hours. My feet were killing me but it was a glorious day. I think Oxford is the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited. The...
Posted by weblion at 06:31 PM
July 24, 2011Today has been a very rich, full day. I woke up at 7:30 and met Steve and Jennifer in the dining hall (that looks exactly like the one in Harry Potter.) Then, Jennifer and I took a two-hour bus ride...
Posted by weblion at 06:33 PM
May 26, 2011
Safari Day Three
It has been a very long 29-hour day of traveling. I woke up at 5:00. Coffee at 6:15. Dawn game drive at 6:30. Back at 10:00. Scarfed down a croissant and cheese, checked out and on the road for the 90-minute drive to the Hoedspruit airport. Waited at the tiny airport for 2 hours before boarding my 60-minute flight to Johannesburg. Landed and had a 4-hour layover. Boarded for the 11-hour flight to London. Had another 4-hour layover before my 10-hour flight to DFW. 60 minutes in customs, 30 minutes to Lantana and now 5 minutes away from a long, hot shower!
Posted by weblion at 09:48 PM
May 25, 2011
Safari Day Two
It was rise and shine early this morning with a 6:00 wake up call and 20 minutes to meet for tea and coffee before our dawn game drive. I was so excited, I was there at 15 after. The coffee was surprisingly delicious and piping hot. I filled my tumbler, grabbed a biscotti and headed straight out for the Land Cruiser so I could get the best seat behind the driver. I was greeted by a delightful surprise, a hot water bottle on my seat. And, believe me, it was much needed and appreciated. It was very cold for the first two hours of the drive. The Americans went home so it was just me and the German couple who don’t speak English. Perfect. I loved taking in the still of the morning.
Posted by weblion at 09:45 PM
May 24, 2011
Safari Day One
I arrived Hoedspruit airport and drove 90 minutes to Makalali Game Reserve by a man named, Wise. Makalali means “Place of Rest” in Shangaan. I was greeted at the lodge by a woman holding a tray with iced mango and lemon juice and a cold, wet cloth. The place is breathtakingly lovely. So deeply peaceful and beautiful. I was escorted to my hut and immediately fell in love. The “walls” open up so you can sit in bed and feel like you are outside. Everything is so open and unique. There is even an outdoor shower attached.
Posted by weblion at 09:42 PM
May 22, 2011
It is almost midnight here and I just got back to the room. I am beyond exhausted. The conference was from 8:00 to 5:00. We came back to the hotel long enough to put a cold washcloth on my face, brush my teeth and then off to a 4-hour dinner.
Posted by weblion at 09:38 PM
May 20, 2011
June 21, 2011
Last month, I was invited to speak in South Africa at a fabulous women’s conference called, “Beauty for Ashes.” It was an incredible trip for many reasons. For starters, I got to minister alongside my friend, Jennifer Rothschild. I also met two new friends, Aldyth and Cathy, who started this ministry over a dozen years ago. Before and after the conference, Jennifer and I had some wonderful sightseeing opportunities. Over the next few days, I will share some thoughts and pictures from our adventures by posting emails that I originally sent to my family and friends back home.
Posted by weblion at 09:34 PM